Troy Boone is a specialist in Victorian studies whose areas of scholarly interest include ecocriticism, imperialism and literature, children’s literature, and the gothic. He is currently completing a book titled The Natural History of the Present: Victorian Ecology, the Brontës, and the North of England, which offers an interdisciplinary study of how writers from the Brontë sisters to the late Victorians composed environmental histories of the North in relation to changing views of wildness, industry, urbanization, and globalization. Troy Boone has also begun a study of Victorian texts about environmental utopias, dystopias, and apocalypses, tentatively titled Nowhere: An Environmental History.
His first book, Youth of Darkest England: Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire, was published by Routledge in 2005. He has also published articles on such topics as Bram Stoker and fin-de-siecle decadence; Victorian tourist guidebooks; Joseph Conrad and the Titanic disaster; the Marquis de Sade and romantic-era discourses on sexuality; Bernard Shaw and the Salvation Army; Daniel Defoe and the origins of gothic fiction; Mark Twain's detective fictions, Girl Scout handbooks, and the Nancy Drew mysteries.
His most recent article publication is “Early Dickens and Ecocriticism: The Social Novelist and the Nonhuman,” in Victorians and the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives, ed. Ronald D. Morrison and Laurence Mazzeno (Routledge, 2017). His next article publication will be “Dirty Weather,” in Conrad and Nature, ed. Jeffrey McCarthy and Lissa Schneider-Rebozo (Routledge, forthcoming).
Recent Graduate Courses
Global Fiction in the Victorian Age
Imperialism and Modernity: The West Indies
Imperialism and Modernity: The Near East
Recent Undergraduate Courses
Seminars on Charles Dickens; the Brontës; Joseph Conrad in the South Seas; plants and literature; the year 1816
Literature and the Environment
Contemporary Environmental Literature
The Gothic Imagination